Scaling Up the Fit for School Program: Sisattanak District Experience in Lao PDR


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Scaling Up the Fit for School Program: Sisattanak District Experience in Lao PDR

Dear All,

Sunny greetings from Lao PDR!

Often good practices can be established but they remain limited in terms of impact if they cannot be sustained and implemented on scale by existing government structures. How do you get from a pilot to scale?

Today I would like to share with you a publication on the successful scale-up of the Fit for School program that focuses promoting basic daily group hygiene interventions (daily group handwashing and daily group toothbrushing) and bi-annual deworming in schools.

Lao PDR started to implement the Fit for School program in 2011. Twenty-two model schools in four districts in Vientiane capital were selected to carry out improvements in WASH facilities and apply the daily hygiene activities.
Five of these model schools are located in Sisattanak District. In 2014, the District Education Bureau of Sisattanak was able to expand the program to all primary schools in the district, covering 22 public primary schools and 17 private primary schools, on their own initiative.

This study describes how Sisattanak District was able to scale-up the Fit for School program to all of the primary schools in its area. The study focuses on analyzing the structures, processes and mechanisms that were applied to successfully scale-up the program with limited resources and without much external support. This case study aims to inform and guide the MoES and other WinS partners in supporting the scale-up process in other districts and provinces of Lao PDR.

Please find this joint publication by the Lao PDR Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES), the Regional Center on Educational Innovation and Technology of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO INNOTECH) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale
Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH attached.

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Alternatively, you can find it on the Fit for School Website:

I am looking forward to your comments and questions.

Happy Reading!


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